MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore forward Alexandra Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) notched the first goal of the 2014-15 season for the Saint Anselm women's hockey team Saturday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena as the Hawks handled Neumann University, 1-0, to remain a perfect 10-0 in all-time season openers.
While several questions swirled about how the Hawks would replace a trio of graduated seniors, the Hawks seemingly answered them with an all-around team effort in Saturday's season-opener. Saint Anselm (1-0-0 overall) put forth a punishing offensive front in Saturday's victory, outshooting Neumann 98-21 overall and 66-9 in on-target attempts.
The Hawks had several opportunities to add to its lead throughout much of the contest, including midway through the second period when freshman forward Kaitlin Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) ricocheted one off the top pipe.
However, the star of the game was likely the Neumann goaltender, junior Justina Mayr, who recorded a whopping 65 saves against the Hawks' barrage of shots.
Saint Anselm senior goaltender Janice Michaud (Westwood, Mass.) picked up the victory in her first start since her sophomore season, tallying nine saves—including a pair during a late Knight flurry as the final buzzer sounded.
The Hawks will be back in action Sunday afternoon for a second round battle against Neumann (0-1-0 overall). Game time at Sullivan Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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